5 December 2023 – Harsh ruling by the Court of Justice of The European Union: Blind trust can be expensive. A European company that was the victim of fraud with false indications of origin must still pay a fine. And Indonesia files another WTO complaint against EU market defence measure on cold-rolled stainless steel.
- Watch out for the trap! CURIA judgement warns of costly mistakes in trade
- Harsh judgement from Luxembourg: blind trust can be expensive
- Fraud with certificate of origin: company falls for false information
- Hungarian customs strikes: additional payment and hefty fine
- Court clarifies: Buyers must check origin
- Beware of cheap offers: All that false glamour can quickly lead to a trap
- Indonesia strikes back: WTO complaint against EU again
Watch out for the trap! CURIA judgement warns of costly mistakes in trade
Harsh judgement from Luxembourg: blind trust can be expensive
The European Court of Justice has ruled: Good faith does not protect against punishment! A company was the victim of fraud with false declarations of origin and has now received the receipt for it.
Fraud with certificate of origin: company falls for false information
The company in question relied on its Taiwanese supplier’s certificate of origin – an expensive trap, as it turned out. Following investigations by the European Anti-Fraud Office OLAF, the scam was uncovered: False information about the origin of the goods!
Hungarian customs strikes: additional payment and hefty fine
The Hungarian customs authority did not hesitate for long and imposed anti-dumping duties and a fine of 50% of the customs shortfall. The company took legal action against this, but the court showed no mercy.
Court clarifies: Buyers must check origin
The judges made it clear: even bona fide behaviour does not protect against punishment. Blind trust in suppliers? A no-go! The fine imposed was even below the maximum possible fine of 200% for wilful fraud.
Beware of cheap offers: All that false glamour can quickly lead to a trap
The judgement is a warning for everyone: low-cost providers who lure you in with supposedly reputable proof of origin are not always trustworthy and can lead into traps. Our tip: Be sceptical, especially if the offers sound too good to be true. In the end, the customs authorities will decide on the true origin of the goods – and that can be expensive!
Indonesia strikes back: WTO complaint against EU again
David against Goliath: Indonesia demands justice
Indonesia steps into the ring against the European Union! With another complaint to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the country is making it clear that it will not be defeated.
Fight against EU tariffs: Indonesia puts up a defence
The complaint focuses on the EU countervailing duties on cold-rolled stainless steel from Indonesia, which have been in force since 2021. Jakarta is thus showing that it is defending itself against the EU’s market protection measures.
Third strike in 2023: Indonesia remains adamant
Indonesia had already protested against the EU’s anti-dumping measures in January. Now, with its third complaint this year, the country is showing that it is prepared to fight for fairness in international trade.
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